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How do I find bezel cups made from recycled materials?

Using scrap metal sheet and scrap wire are both great ways to create bezels from your own 'recycled' materials.Bottle caps can be used as bezel cups....

What is the best glue to use for brooches and cab settings?

It depends on the setting and type of cabochon and you might need to test more than one glue. See the ''Glues and Adhesives Chart'' as well as the...

How does a Wrap-Tite® setting work?

Please refer to ''How to Use Wrap-Tite® Settings'' instructions for an illustrative step-by-step guide to setting your stone or...

Is it better to put a smaller stone in a larger setting, or a larger stone in a smaller setting?

The cabochons available at Fire Mountain Gems and Beads are calibrated for easy setting. However, if you already have a stone, the better option is...

What tools should I use to stretch the Sterling silver bezel for a cabochon that has fallen out of it's setting? Which tool do I use to get the bezel down around the stone again?

You may not need to stretch the bezel. It is most likely that some stretching has already occurred and is what led to the stone falling out. The...

How do I use Sure-Set™ settings, and what sizes of stones fit in them?

View the ''Gemstone Setting'' tutorial on how to set stones in Sure-Set™ and Snap-Tite® settings.Sure-Set™ settings are pre-notched and sized to fit...

What are your items that will hold Faceted Gems and Cabochons? Is it best to use glue? If so, what kind? What about the sticky discs?

Faceted gems and cabochons work best with mountings and settings. When bonding larger cabochons in place, Devcon 2-part Epoxy is recommended. We...

Can you use bezel cups inside cab settings? If yes, which ones?

Yes you can! When selecting the cabochon setting, choose one that has an opening that is equal to the diameter of the bezel cup so they can be...

Which bail do I buy to attach to a sterling silver bezel cup and how do I go about this? I want to make pendants. Kind regards,

When using sterling silver there is the option of soldering on a sterling silver jumpring or bail to create a pendant. If you do not want to solder a...

What findings do I need to make earrings with half-drilled beads?

When making a pair of earrings or a pendant using half-drilled beads, you need a finding that has a cup with a post or peg. The cup holds or cradles...

What size settings do you use with what size cabochons?

With calibrated cabochons, you can use a calibrated cabochon setting of the same size. The regular stock cabochons you buy from Fire Mountain Gems...

How do I use Snap-Tites and what sizes of stone fit in them?

To set a faceted gem in a Snap-Tite setting, place a gem face down on a non-abrasive surface, push the mounting down over the gem and listen for the...

What type of earring settings can I use for an undrilled pearl? I have a pair of perfectly matched pearls and I hate the setting they are in. I just want to reset them so I can wear them. They are approximately 4mm.

You can reset your pearls in a 4mm Bezelite earring setting. Place the pearl through the back of the setting and adjust the prongs with chain-nose...

I made a very simple necklace using the rivoli's set in the cups with loops on both ends; I then added them to a chain and they are about 2.5 inches apart. The problem is they won't stay face up. any suggestions?

Whenever you use a single strand of chain with embellishments, both the chain and embellishment will have movement and you can have problems with the...

I need spacers to use between chain lengths that I can set stones in that have no holes; something like the Snap-Tite® settings. The only ones I've seen so far are pendant, earring and bracelet settings. Please let me know if you carry something...

Wrap-Tite® settings work perfectly as links and enclose a set stone. The double link oval shapes can be used as links in your chain projects and come...

How do I know what size stone is going to fit into my ear stud or pendant? If the ear stud is 8mm do I get an 8mm stone? Thank you for your wonderful jewelry catalog and website, it's a blessing to me since I'm a beginner.

If the setting on your earstud measures 8mm, it should be paired with an 8mm faceted gemstone or other 8mm cabochon, depending on the setting. Some...

I have two questions:1) How do you glue a cabochon into a setting that doesn't have a back? If I glue around the edge, I still have problems with it being too easy for the cabochon to come off.2) Besides the metal settings that are sold, are there...

Glue-in cabochon settings have enough gluing surface area for the cabochons to fit. Make sure to use the proper glue for the job. Pascofix® adhesive...

I just purchased leverback earrings with settings to set stones into. I have both cabochons and faceted stones, which one is appropriate for this type of setting? Also, can you please advise how to set the stones so I'm sure they stay secure?

The biggest difference I can point out to help you determine which type of setting you have, is the length of the prongs. Settings for faceted stones...

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